Saturday, December 5, 2009

Rapid Reaction: Part II - SEC, Zona-SoCal, & Boise blow-out

Gators Rolled
Alabama 32, Florida 13
Coming into the game I expected Tebow to be the difference-maker in a tightly-contested SEC title game. Tebow went 20 of 35 for 246 yards passing with 1 TD 1 INT and 63 yards on 10 carries. Alabama QB Greg McElroy went 12 of 18 for 239 yards with a TD. So in effect McElroy averaged 20 yards per completion. While Tebow's 63 yards rushing may sound nice you have to know the game was decided by that fact that his teammates added 26 yards total rushing to Florida's total of 89 yards on the ground. Alabama stuffed the Gators run game whether up the middle or to the outside, and the Tide ran over the Florida D for 251 yards including 28 carries for 113 yards and 3 touchdowns for RB Mark Ingram. Not sure if this was the final revealing of Florida's offensive weaknesses or if Alabama really is that good, but right now it's hard to think Alabama won't be celebrating a national title a month.
My pick result- Win vs the spread, loss straight-up

Trojans' Swoon Completed
Arizona 21, Southern Cal 17
Pete Carroll has a history of strong finishes at Southern Cal, but today their swoon was completed by a home loss to Mike Stoops' Arizona squad. In the end it came down to the fact the Arizona got better play from their passing game, and that overcame the Southern Cal ground advantage. QB Nick Foles went 22 of 40 for 239 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception for the Wildcats. A nice TD pass to Juron Criner of 36 yards and some nice footwork gave Arizona the lead for good. The Trojans were forced to go for it on fourth down deep in their own territory and failed. Trojans got the ball back with 0:03 left after Arizona ran the clock down as far as they could, and the prayer of a pass attempt failed.
My pick result- Win vs the spread, loss straight-up

Boise State Does Their Best to Seal BCS At-Large Berth
Boise St 42, New Mexico St 7
I would have had to go to ESPN360 to watch this game, and with Boise up 28-0 at the half you can guess how much of this I watched. Boise put up 544 yards of offense against the Aggies to continue their domination of the WAC. The only point of interest with Boise today will start with the Big XII title game and continue to tomorrow. What Boise is seeking is an at-large berth to a BCS game (Fiesta Bowl likely). To earn that bid Boise needs Texas to win tonite vs Nebraska. A Husker victory would get two Big XII teams in the BCS and leave no room for the Broncos unless the BCS bowl were to pass up a second Big Ten team (Iowa?) which is somewhere just this side of a snowball in hell's chance. I like Boise, but the chance for a BCS meltdown intrigues me more, so go Huskers!
My pick result- Win vs the spread and straight-up

By the way, apparently there's a high school all-star game being played in Tampa on ESPN right now.

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